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initially rising to prominence in the 1960s, acid rock became a harder, LSD-infused brand of psychedelic rock. What separates acid rock from regular old psych rock is it's loopy, trippy instrumentals. Many acid rock bands have long, brooding solos and had few, if any lyrics. Some of the biggest bands of the 1960s are defined as acid rock bands, and though a few may not fit the tight definition of acid rock to the use of words and lyrics, they're still considered acid rock because of their solos and their being influenced by the San Francisco sound that dominated rock music at the time. The best acid rock bands remains popular today and their legacy still is strong.

So, that said, who are the best acid rock bands? Any list of acid rock bands has to include the likes of well known rock bands like including Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Butterfly and The Doors. These are known as some of the greatest rock bands in history and with good reason. Their sounds defined a generation of music and still are highly influential for acid rock bands everywhere.

Ultimately, if you like acid rock, you'll know how to vote on this list. If you notice that an acid rock band is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best acid rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest acid rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular acid rock bands that you might've heard of. (65 items)
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749 304
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

2
700 217
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

3
685 291
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
NilBanerjee added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
351 105
The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
454 210
Cream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
508 243
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

7
456 255
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

8
271 147
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
342 257
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
callisburg added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

10
322 181
Iron Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
192 91
Blue Cheer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
238 113
13th Floor Elevators is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

13
209 76
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
155 56
Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
andre-felicio-borela-junior added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

15
144 54
Tangerine Dream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music

16
182 63
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
230 118
The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

18
170 56
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

19
121 46
The Small Faces is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
British Invasion, Classic rock, Pop music

20
204 110
Big Brother and the Holding Co... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

21
122 33
The Stooges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time

22
111 39
Ultimate Spinach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Mike Stimpson DeKotte Marfiak added

23
129 56
The Seeds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk

24
141 64
Moby Grape is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
cromano added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

25
187 84
Strawberry Alarm Clock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Rock Bands of All Time
Bubblegum pop, Blues-rock, Rock music